Lepiderema hirsuta—Noah's Tamarind, Hairy Lepiderma—SAPINDACEAE

Lepiderema hirsuta

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Habitat— Grows as an understory plant in well developed and undisturbed lowland and upland Rainforest.

Distribution— Endemic to North East Queensland. Known only from the Noah Creek area north of the Daintree River, the McDowell Range and the Mount Pieter Botte area. From near sea level to 900 m elevation.

Description— Shrub, 1 to 6 meters tall.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach and The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour.

Leaves.— Compound, alternate, toothed, leaflets about 40; young parts, branchlets and leaf axes ferruginous–hirsute, leaf rachis 19 to 57 cm long, leaflets 16 to 19 pairs, narrowly oblong–ovate or elliptic, caudate, bluntly acuminate, oblique to obtuse or truncate at base, 6.5 to 19.5 cm long, 0.8 to 4 cm wide, glabrous except for the midrib; teeth usually present on margins of the leaflet blades but generally towards the apex. Leaf stalks swollen. Petiole 4.5 to 16 cm long.

Lepiderema hirsuta
Lepiderema hirsuta

Inflorescence.— Panicles ramifloius, clustered, to 7 cm long,few–flowered, pedicels 3 mm long, produced on the stem from ground level and all the way to the upper crown. Calex lobes 3 to 4.5 mm long, 1.5 to 2.5 wide. Petals 2.5 mm long, 1.5 mm wide, pink. Filaments to 2 mm long.

Flowering.— Spring to Summer

Fruit.— Usually 3–lobed, ± obcordate, 1.8 to 2 cm long, 1.5 to 1.8 cm diam., reddish–pink, calex lobes persistent. Aril yellow–orange, slightly fimbriate at the apex.

Ripe.— Late Summer to Autumn.